Minnesota Public Radio takes a look back at the year and finds two trends in how communities across the state are wrestling with budgets. Property taxes, which have been rising for more than a decade, continue to go up as local governments try to make up for losses in state aid. Many municipalities are also cutting into their own budgets and payrolls to find savings on the other end.
2-year-old dies in farming accident in western Wisconsin
The child was run over by farm equipment, according to the sheriff.
One killed, four injured in I-90 crash after power line falls
The crash occurred just before 6 p.m.
Storms leave wreckage, flooding, tens of thousands without power
Record levels of rain and 80 mph winds caused havoc in the metro.
LIVE UPDATES: Dangerous storms move through Twin Cities
We'll have live updates as the storms move through the metro.
Tornado watch issued in Twin Cities, southern Minnesota
The watch will remain in place until midnight.
Wild fox in Minnesota tests positive for highly contagious avian flu
This is the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a wild mammal in the state, the Department of Natural Resources said.
New COVID-19 testing site in St. Paul; 3 others to close as cases rise
Testing sites in Stillwater, Hutchinson, and St. Paul are closing as part of moves to adjust testing resources.
Charges: South St. Paul teen killed during apparent marijuana sale
The individual accused of killing Skelley is a 17-year-old from St. Paul.
Anthony Edwards among NBA stars in Adam Sandler's Netflix film, 'Hustle'
The Timberwolves point guard stars alongside other NBA players LeBron James, Trae Young, Juancho Hernangomez and more.
Home values fall, property taxes rise; homeowners ask "What gives?"
The Legislature's decision to replace the homestead tax credit with a market value exception saved the state money ... by shifting the cost onto local property taxes. That's the main ingredient in a mix of factors pushing up property tax bills around the region.
ND voters embrace their property taxes
Voters in North Dakoka -- flush with oil boom money and enjoying the lowest unemployment in the nation -- had the chance Tuesday to become the first state to cast off property taxes. But in the end, voters decided to keep the $800 million a year the taxes raise.
Report shows Minnesota property taxes rising fastest outside the Twin Cities
Property taxes are up all over Minnesota this year. But while the Twin Cities area deals with hikes of a little over 3 percent, the increases approach 9 percent in the rest of the state. Some of the biggest increases are in Duluth and on the Iron Range.
Ely residents hit with dramatic tax hikes confront city leaders
Some homeowners say their property taxes are going up 40 or even 60 percent. Much of that increase comes after the state government cut the Market Value Homestead Credit, and Ely officials say they need to raise taxes to make up for cuts in Local Government Aid
Property-tax warnings hit record high in Hennepin County
The number of delinquent taxpayers in Hennepin County has dropped, but more taxpayers are at risk of losing their properties to pay off their tax bills. Hundreds of property owners owe the county nearly $43 million in back taxes and penalties. The Star Tribune reports the county sent out a record 931 notices last year warning owners the deadline to redeem their properties was about to expire.
GOP lawmakers looking to slash business property taxes
The proposal would cut taxes by about 30 percent over the next six to 12 years. The House Taxes Committee Chairman Greg Davids told the Pioneer Press it would be the "bigger job creator." DFL Gov. Mark Dayton hasn't ruled out the Republican plan, but doesn't know how they plan to pay for the tax cut.
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